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Ronan Bennett

16 December 1993
De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow 
by Tim Pat Coogan.
Hutchinson, 772 pp., £20, October 1993, 9780091750305
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... its history are left behind, the sooner people can get on with thinking about Ireland’s political, social, cultural and economic development – the reason I, for one, favour reunification. I read TimPatCoogan’s excellent biography of de Valera with the recent dramatic developments in Ireland very much in mind; I also happened to read it in Vietnam, a country with its own tragic history of ...


Paul Muldoon: Hiberno-English Shenanigans

1 July 1999
... cute’– ‘That man’s such a cute hoor he’d build a nest in your ear.’ Dolan expands on the use of the word hoor with a range of examples from the writings of Patrick Kavanagh, Brian Friel, TimPatCoogan, Oliver St John Gogarty, Neil Jordan and Hugh Leonard. It’s a method that seems to be at once academically sound and, for those committed to a long weekend in England and Wales carrying ...

Moral Lepers

John Banville: Easter 1916

15 July 2015
Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 
by R.F. Foster.
Allen Lane, 433 pp., £10.99, May 2015, 978 0 241 95424 9
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... martyrdom that many of them had sought. Indeed, even the victims of that ‘blood sacrifice’, as it came to be considered, might have been consigned harmlessly to what the historian and journalist TimPatCoogan used to call the ‘pantechnicon’ of Irish heroes, but for the fact that in the period immediately following the Rising, most of Europe entered a critical period of revolutionary change ...

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